Sunday, January 27, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 6

Matthew 8:13
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.  And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”

Now here’s something to get excited about!!!

1 Peter 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
V4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
V5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

The Word speaks to your spirit.
The Word nourishes your spirit.
The Word empowers your spirit.

There are two reasons why I am putting so much emphasis on the generational inheritance of spiritual values.

1     Even if your spiritual heritage was/is excellent and even if those before us set a good example, and even if they taught all the right things and represented God with unflinching faith - You need to know that none of what someone else learned of God or did with God will be posted to your account.  In other words you and I must establish our own relationship with God by personal experience.  If your spiritual heritage was excellent it may have given you a good start, but the fulness of revelation for each generation must come by personal experience.

2     The second reason we are spending so much time on this subject - If those before you set a poor example or mis-represented the Word of God, you may have been taught things that are not true or worse.  If this is who went before you, you a will have to break away from these influences.  You will have to break away from these influences,  before you can establish on your own, a right relationship with God by personal relationship.

You can be nice about this, but you have got to break away from the words and attitudes that disarm or dilute God’s Holy Word.
Excerpt from God Thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell copyright 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 5

"God is looking for someone to break away from the mold and trust Him. 
  • Someone who responds when God calls.
  • Someone who believes what God says.
  • Someone who will train his or her entire family in the things of God.
  • Someone that will not hide their faith.
  • Someone that makes a vow and keeps it.
  • Someone that isn’t in it for themselves.
  • Someone that means what they say.
You must not rest on the truth that was discovered by others.
You must search the scriptures and find truth for yourself.
  • It is your own experience with God that will determine:
  • Revealed truth.
  • Your walk with God.
  • Your faithfulness to the things of God.
  • Your ability to hear the voice of God.
  • The gifts you receive from God.
  • And the power and authority you receive from God.
Job 13:15
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him:...”
Psalm 25:1-2a
“Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
V2 O my God, I trust in thee;...”
Psalm 56:4
“In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
Nahum 1:7
“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust Him.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. V8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

I believe the LORD.  Can you receive what God is speaking in your spirit?
Excerpt from God Thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 4

"At the end of each generation’s life span rests the culmination, the accumulated sum, of revealed truth, for that generation.  It is this accumulated sum of revealed truth that builds the foundation for the next generation.

This is how religious philosophy/theology is handled.  Profound truths are revealed as they are discovered or unveiled.  And that revelation is passed on from generation to generation. 

Psalm 145:3-4
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.
V4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty works.”

God bless those who endeavor to pass the baton with power, authority and integrity. 

As each generation comes along, you must weed through what the previous generation discovered and gleam the gold and silver off the top and put it “on top” in your mind, and push down and away all that is dross, (the impurities).

Each generation of men and women accumulate rules, ordinances & precepts that fit their needs, times, circumstances & culture.  They sometimes move away from the original intent that God designed.  When this happens, religion is borne.

It is this constant cycle that each of us is faced with that we must overcome. 

Can you transcend the cycle that births complacency in your worship and endorses ignorance through vain repetition?
If you cannot transcend this vicious and debilitating cycle, you are bound by default to repeat the errors of those before you." 
Excerpt from God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 3

"Generation to generation to generation two things happen: First the faith of one is revealed to another and second the false beliefs and faithlessness of one is revealed to another.

There is a process that takes place in each generation that each of us participate in, knowingly or unknowingly.  Each generation of: Clergy - Philosophers - Teachers - Politicians - Fathers & Mothers, rear its leaders and arms them with the most profound truths that they have experienced.

If the generation before you experienced the presence of God, their experiences can provide you with a strong foundation on which to build your faith. 

On the other hand, if the generation before you did not experience the presence of God, their experiences do little more than confuse you.

2 Timothy 2:15-16

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
V16 But shun profane and vain babbling: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
From the experiences of those before you religion was borne.  But, in and through your own experiences religion must be set aside:

if you are to go further than those before you

if you are to pick up the torch and represent the truth

if you are to commune with God and respond to God

if you are to hear the voice of God

if you are to be in what God is doing in your generation

You must set aside the religion of your predecessors in exchange for personal experience."
Excerpt from God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Sunday, January 13, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 2

"Yes, we experience God together collectively also.  Yes, the positive experiences of others can influence us and sometimes teach us, but those who have not experienced God themselves personally, are not experiencing God collectively either.  They are experiencing the joy, excitement, blessings and benefits of being around others who are experiencing God.
It’s time to experience God. 

It’s time to take God at his Word.

It’s time to set aside all the hand me down religious platitudes and sentiments that have kept you constrained and powerless and exchange it all for a moment with God.

Receive God and experience His peace."
Excerpt from God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012


Saturday, January 12, 2013

God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential 1

"In my life, God Thinking has taken on an identity.  After all, the whole idea behind God Thinking is to steer us to think thoughts that produce godly fruit.

There are three things that God Thinking must accomplish in order to be true to itself:

1     To expose false precepts, false principles and false beliefs, by re-defining the way we think, through sound scriptural exegesis, mixed with faith and faithfulness.

2     To reveal simple truths without regard for, or bias towards religious or denominational preferences.

3     To believe, proclaim and agree with the infallible Word of God as it is imparted to us experientially.

God Thinking is not anything in itself, and has no intrinsic value of its own; no meaning of efficacy apart from steering the listener/reader to respond to God.

It is in responding to God that God Thinking exists.  It is in responding to God that your experience with God exist.  Each of us must experience God on our own, not necessarily in our own way, like creating our own silly religion or following a cult, but you must experience God on your own."'
Excerpt from God thinking XIII - Living To Your Full Potential by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012   

Friday, January 11, 2013

God Thinking XI - Tough Truths 12

"I am convinced that all our efforts to reveal how God works apart from scriptural revelation is the basis for all false images of God and false theology about God’s work among mankind.

Man’s quest to prove himself right has overthrown his sensibility to pure truth, pure anything for that matter.

The true seeker of God’s self-disclosure on this matter will be moved to be in the presence of God, more and more, until he/she learns to trust God. 

At that moment when you do lean in closely, and you do trust God, faith will become real; the outcome or the circumstance will not prevail over your faith - Your faith will prevail over the outcome or circumstance.

Can you just be satisfied with God for a season, trusting in Him and the way He handles the affairs of this world, including yours?

I think you should."
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012


Thursday, January 10, 2013

God Thinking XI - Tough Truths 11

"Hebrews 11:1-12,1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 1

10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

You must never tell people or even insinuate that they didn’t receive what they desired or that their loved one died from sickness because of a lack of faith.  What a mockery that is to God, the Omnipotent One, who is and always will be in charge of giving and healing and life."
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

God Thinking XI - Tough Truths 10

"Here’s where people get mixed up.  It was God’s intended will that you live forever, on earth, in perfect health.  But within the bounds of freewill, Adam sinned, thereby altering forever the perfect plan of God for (Adam’s) children.

If not for the work of Christ on the cross, can I say that none of us would have a prayer.  God’s grace is sufficient for the faithful.

You must stop craving for God to bail you out every time you foolishly disobey Him.  Your desire should be, must be, to know Him, to worship Him, to Praise Him and to trust Him implicitly."

Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Sunday, January 6, 2013

God Thinking XI - Tough Truths 9

"Trust God when you are healed.
And trust God when sickness prevails.
Sickness is temporal, but trust is eternal.

I admire those who have faith to receive healing.  I am one.

I also admire those who have not received their healing and trust’s God in their current circumstances.

I have friends that say, “never say your sick.”  I find nothing in scripture to support denying the reality of our physical condition.  After all there could be no healing if there were no sickness.  You need to trust the Father when you are sick.

Sickness is part of the fall.  God thinking admits that God has not divulged His All-ness to us, as some proclaim.

The formula for healing or receiving from God is trust in God.  You place yourself in God’s hands, and with faith you patiently await His touch.

Never do you command God to do anything.  That is not faith.

Faith wrestles not with God, demanding a predictable outcome of choice. If it were so, you could make commands, some good, some not so good. You could heal or pray against healing as it pleases you and we could all become god’s like Zeus, Neptune or Apollo."
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Saturday, January 5, 2013

God thinking XI - Tough Truths 8

"With every breath of faith and with every testimony of joy where God has so graciously dealt with His children and healing was the result, there is the voice of another of disappointment and heartache at the loss of a loved one.

God thinking requires that you trust God.

Trust God when all is well.

Trust God when all is not well.

Trust God when the answer is yes.

Trust God when the answer is not yes.
Trust God when His mysterious ways cannot be unscrambled, to fit what you think should happen.

You need to trust God when you receive what you desire, but also to trust God with your desires.

God is in the know.  He will provide above and beyond our expectations and you can see it clearly, when you see it through the eyes of faith.

Trust God when you receive and trust God when you don’t receive.'
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

God thinking XI - Tough Truths 7

"To trust God is to trust God and has nothing to do with the outcome in the physical.  God allows all of us to grow old and die, despite our diet, belief system, or religious affiliation, because there is more.

2 Corinthians 5:1-7

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building with God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 

V2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.

V3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

V4 for we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

V5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

V6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

V7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
It is easy to take a short walk with Jesus.  After all our first exposure to the supernatural is exciting as we experience the power of Almighty God running through our body and mind.

But not many choose the day to day walk where you get to see the long term goal for your life; The broader picture.  The long walk reveals to you a better view of how God works among His people.  The long walk requires faith as your witness to the miraculous.  The long walk makes you wise and trusting of Almighty God.  The long walk trusts the outcome to the hands of the creator.  The long walk doesn’t need for everything to go your way, it doesn’t need constant proof that God can and is doing mighty exploits.  The long walk trusts God as God and is secure in being a child of God, trusting the Father, despite the outcome, despite the circumstances.

The outcome of your faith must be, NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL, OH GOD.
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

God thinking XI - Tough Truths 6

"People today want everything and they want it now.  Healing is expected with this same urgency of the moment that seems to push us along, almost as if being too busy or always succumbing to the circumstance were a God thing.

The proof of how God works among us is not always found in the bright-eyed excitement of the new believer or those who have finally come to believe that God can heal or provide.  The God of the scriptures maintains some mystery apart from our intellectual ability to ascertain God’s every move or action or decision.

This mystery must become part of our understanding of healing, else we will either be confused and perplexed each time someone is not healed, or we will believe something that is not true.  Either way, whether you are confused or you believe a false premise, you have not trusted God unless you have trusted God.
Excerpt from God Thinking XI - Tough Truths by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2012